Communicating Your Concerns About Tuition Increases to Government Ministers

The Québec government continues to advocate that students will pay their fair share for higher education with the tuition increases, which they rhetorically refer to as an investment towards high salaries in the future.

The report, Do we really need to raise tuition fees? was researched by Éric Martin & Simon-Tremblay-Pépin and produced by the Institut de recherche et d’information socio-économique (IRIS). It provide eight arguments that contradict the rhetoric presented by the Minister of Education Line Beauchamp, Prime Minister Jean Charest and all other government ministers.

We have an opportunity to share this informative report with our elected representatives to help them understand our position. For the sake of persistence, we can send a series of emails to every minister by copy-pasting each of the eight arguments into emails to each of the ministers listed below. One email per argument per minister (8 arguments x 9 ministers = 72 emails OR 8 arguments x 9 cc’ed ministers = 8 emails). These are computational suggestion but any distribution formula is encouraged.

Line Beauchamp (Minister of Education):
line.beauchamp@mels.gouv.qc.ca / 514 328-6006

Marguerite Blais (Minister responsible for seniors / COMS Joint PhD graduate):
m.blais@aines.gouv.qc.ca / 514 933-8796

Raymond Bachand (Minister of Finance):
ministre@finances.gouv.qc.ca / 514 482-0199

Jean Charest (Prime Minister and – ha! – “Minister of Youth Issues”):
email form online here / 819 569-5646

Yolande James (Minister of Families):
ministre.famille@mfa.gouv.qc.ca / 514 626-1749

Yves Bolduc (Minister of Health and Social Services):

ministre@msss.gouv.qc.ca (general email) / 418 682-8167

Julie Boulet (Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity):
ministre@mess.gouv.qc.ca (general email) / 1 800 567-2996

Christine St-Pierre (Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women):
circonscription@mcccf.gouv.qc.ca / 514 337-4278

Dominique Vien (Minister of Social Services):
ministre.deleguee@msss.gouv.qc.ca / 1 866 504-3294

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Your Luck Has Run Out Charest: Art Supplies & Activism Against Tuition Hikes

What do you get when you take cardboard, paint & brushes, egg cartons, sparkles, garland, friends & colleagues, a bit of determination and possibly a glass of wine?: Good discussions, political involvement and the possibility for resistance & social change.

Craft night against the tuition hike in Québec.

“The necessity of reform mustn’t be allowed to become a form of blackmail serving to limit, reduce, or halt the exercise of criticism. Under no circumstances should one pay attention to those who tell one: “Don’t criticize, since you’re not capable of carrying out a reform.” That’s ministerial cabinet talk. Critique doesn’t have to be the premise of a deduction that concludes, “this, then, is what needs to be done.” It should be an instrument for those for who fight, those who resist and refuse what is. Its use should be in processes of conflict and confrontation, essays in refusal. It doesn’t have to lay down the law for the law. It isn’t a stage in a programming. It is a challenge directed to what is.”   ― Michel Foucault, The Essential Foucault

Craft night against the tuition hike in Québec.

“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”   ― Mahatma Gandhi

Craft night against the tuition hike in Québec.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”   ― Margaret Mead

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